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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Summit 2019 - Sustainability Report

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council is a non profit organization whose mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future.

Founded in 2013, SPLC convenes buyers, suppliers, and public interest advocates to develop programs that simplify and standardize sustainable purchasing efforts by large organizations. For SPLC, sustainability includes social, economic, and environmental stewardship. Sustainable purchasing is purchasing that builds healthy communities, economies, and environments all along local and global supply chains.

SPLC’s annual Summit brings together 450 purchasing and sustainability professionals, suppliers, and NGO experts from diverse sectors and regions to share and promote sustainable purchasing best practices for organizations. The Summit’s expert led sessions, networking, tradeshow, and buyer supplier matchmaking are open to both members and non members.

**19SPLC_SPLC-Summit-Sustainability-Report.pdf (1.7 MB) **

Danish Maritime Forum Event Sustainability Report 2015

Danish-Maritime-Forum-2015-Sustainability-Report.pdf (1.8 MB)

Oracle Open World 2009

If there was one word to describe Oracle OpenWorld’s approach to event sustainability in 2009 it would be unprecedented. Unprecedented in terms of:

  • Partner engagement, including a 16-member Green Team comprised of Oracle staff and event vendors to steer actions to reduce environmental impacts at the event.
  • Event scope, addressing not only impacts during the event dates, but the pre-planning process as well; in addition to practices related to venues, accommodations, catering, exhibits, transportation, audio-visual, signage, marketing and communications.
  • Influence, changing and measuring practices at 76 hotel properties and 7 venues as well as enabling 37,000 attendees and 401 exhibitors to act in more environmentally responsible ways.
  • Measured indicators, tracking over 85 different performance indicators to show triple bottom-line costs and benefits of actions.

Oracle OpenWorld is defining sustainable practice for event marketing and technology conferences. In 2008 the event was recognized with the IMEX Silver Green Meetings Award. In 2009 Oracle hosted a tour of their sustainable meeting for members of the Green Meeting Industry Council, showcasing how Oracle OpenWorld is improving the capacity for other events to be sustainable within San Francisco by requiring contracted practices and measurement on a city-wide scale.
Notable successes at the 2009 event include:

  • Exceeding a goal to divert 100 tons of materials from landfill through purchasing, reduction, reuse and recycling in order to respond to the Green Meeting Industry Council’s Trash Challenge. Oracle diverted an estimated 140 tons of material from landfill, enough to fill over 10 garbage trucks.
  • Sourcing 60% of food items from within a 100 mile radius of San Francisco.
  • Reducing ground shuttles by 30% of peak usage, reducing emissions by 18,000 lbs of carbon dioxide and fuel use by 800 gallons. Total energy use and emissions avoided through purchasing decisions amounted to 1,146,130 Mj and 120,073 lbs of CO2. This is enough energy to power 12 American
  • homes per year, and the emissions equivalent of removing 11 cars from the road for a full year.
  • 5% of signs were reused from 2008 and 37% of signs used in 2009 will be reusable for future events. 45% of sign inventory was donated or recycled post-event. 62% of signage used recyclable or renewable substrates an 39% of signs were produced locally, with the remainder sourced in Los Angeles.
  • Confirming over $800,000 net cost savings through reduction and reuse.

Moving into the fourth year of its sustainable event initiative in 2010, Oracle is seeking to expand the reach of its sustainable event program to include the global events team. This project will be directed at increasing the capacity of regional event managers to become more successful in event sustainability so that all events can work toward achieving the degree of success that has been experienced at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco.

Oracle Sustainable Meetings report 043365.pdf (803.1 KB)

RosCon 2018 Madrid - Sustainability Report

Open Robotics works with industry, academia, and government to create and support open software and hardware for use in robotics, from research and education to product development.The unifying theme of the team and the work is openness. They use and build open systems.

To the greatest extent possible, they freely distribute their work product, whether
software, hardware, or documentation, under an open source license.

ROSCon 2018 was a chance for ROS developers of all levels to spend an extraordinary two days learning from and networking with the ROS community.

ROSCon is a developers conference, in the model of PyCon and BoostCon. Similar to previous years, the two-day program was comprised of technical talks and tutorials that introduced participants to new tools and libraries, as well as taught attendees more about the ones they already know.

ROSCon-2018_Sustainability-Report.pdf (1.0 MB)

Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2019 - Event Sustainability Report

We are very excited to share the sustainability results of another successful General Assembly. Each year we do our best to meet our GA destinations where they are at in terms of their own green initiatives and then look to collaborate with them to help positively impact the communities we are convening as well as our environment at large.

Across our extensive planning with the Spokane Convention Center, Visitors Bureau, and Hotels, we have developed a special partnership through sustainability which included achieving a 92% landfill diversion rate, the acquisition of 1,376 in-room recycling bins by the Davenport Hotel group, the implementation of two kitchen compost programs at Spokane hotels that are now a permanent and ongoing part of their operations, as well as helping coordinate Spokane venues to participate in our first General Assembly powered by 100% renewable energy.

Our tremendous impacts would not be possible without you, the many participants and contributors to General Assembly, our hard-working Green Team Volunteers, MeetGreen for its leadership in sustainability planning, as well as the willingness and dedication of our Spokane destination partners who whole-heartedly joined us in the greening of GA’19.

As proud as we are, we know we can always do better, and we welcome your ideas and input as we begin planning for an exciting future.

Thank you and looking forward to seeing you in Providence.

UUA19_General-Assembly-Sustainable-Event-Report.pdf (1.9 MB)

Waste Expo 2018 Sustainability Report

WE18_SustainabilityReportFINAL.pdf (1.1 MB)